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Everything you need to know to pick the absolute best carrier deal for your iPhone or iPad

An iPhone without voice and data is just an expensive iPod, and an iPad Wi-Fi + cellular without the cellular, well, you get the idea. But carrier plans, be they single line or family, dedicated or shared, prepaid or postpaid, come at a price. They also have a tendency to change over time. A lot. So how do you make sure you get the best plan - and the most savings - possible? You check back here often, of course!

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EE lights up 4G LTE roaming in China

UK mobile operator EE has become the first British network to offer 4G LTE roaming coverage in mainland China.

The carrier's list of 4G roaming countries has not yet been updated to reflect the change, however we've been seeing solid LTE coverage through China Unicom on our EE SIMs in the Beijing area in recent days. Unicom operates FDD-LTE — the flavor of 4G used by most Western networks — on Band 3, which also happens to be EE's main LTE band at home. Its main rivals, China Mobile and China Telecom, only use TDD-LTE frequencies — these are incompatible with most European phones besides the iPhone 6. So naturally, the Unicom pair-up makes most sense for a Euro network like EE.

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Vodafone shares financial results for Q4 2014, returning to quarterly growth

Vodafone today published the company's earnings for Q4 2014, ending the financial year for the UK-based global network operator. The company has reported a return to growth as it started reaping the benefits of 4G network investment.

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Sprint to expand delivery and set up service to NYC, San Francisco, and Denver in June

Sprint will be expanding their personalized delivery and set up service, Direct 2 You, to three new cities in June. Customers in Denver, San Francisco, and New York City will soon be able to have their phone delivered and set up in the comfort of their own home.

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AT&T customers to receive free Hulu content later this year

AT&T has signed a deal with Hulu, the popular streaming service, which will allow its customers to access the content for free. The promotion will start later in 2015.

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Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle FCC billing complaint charges

Verizon Wireless and Sprint have agreed to settle billing complaint charges filed by the Federal Communications Commission, which will include paying a combined total of $158 million. Most of that money will go towards customer refunds.

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Verizon to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion

Verizon has announced that it will acquire AOL for $4.4 billion, with the deal expected to bolster the carrier's advertising efforts in the mobile video segment.

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T-Mobile wants to save you $132 when you buy a new iPad

T-Mobile has launched a new promotion that will cut the price of buying a new iPad from the carrier by $132, if you purchase the tablet with its Equipment Installment Plan.

The deal was announced as a Mother's Day promotion by T-Mobile and works with any iPad cellular model.

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Sprint reports a loss for Q4 2014, struggles amid competition and departing customers

Sprint shared its earnings report for the final quarter of 2014. The company continues to struggle with departing postpaid phone customers and dwindling funds.

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T-Mobile goes after Verizon in latest ad campaign

T-Mobile is going on the offensive against Verizon by launching a "Never Settle" campaign that allows existing Verizon customers to try out T-Mobile's services for free.

The carrier is giving Verizon customers the ability to port their numbers to a new T-Mobile smartphone (while retaining their existing Verizon phone), which they can use free of charge for up to 14 days. After the trial, if the customers wish to stay with T-Mobile, the carrier will cover Verizon's Early Termination Fees:

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AT&T acquires Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion

AT&T announced today that it has acquired Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion.

AT&T first announced its plans to acquire Nextel Mexico earlier this year and the acquisition is official as of today.

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